McDonnell stuck us with the tab
May 16, 2012
The News & Advance editorializes, "The General Assembly finally forced many localities in Central Virginia to raise taxes. The alternative for the localities was to ignore the critical needs of their schools and other core services provided by local government. But you can still hear the legislators, including those Republicans representing the region, chirping about how great it was they did not raise taxes. No, they did not raise state taxes to help pay for the real needs at the local level. What the lawmakers did was pass that responsibility on to the local city councils and boards of supervisors to face up to the needs of their governments and the people they represent."
Progressive Point: Virginia's families and businesses depend on working roads, trained police officers, and functioning schools. But when Governor McDonnell and other conservatives in Richmond stop funding our communities' core services--so they can continue corporate loopholes and give aways--we get stuck with the tab.
Paying taxes isn't fun, but they are an investment in Virginia's economy. Keeping our neighborhoods safe, maintaining our roads and bridges, and educating our kids is essential and we will always have to do it. We all have to pay our bills--they don't go away. If McDonnell and the General Assembly fail to pay their bills they don't go away either. We just get stuck with their tab.
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